Sylvester wrote:Might that building actually be an ubosoth, with a sima dedicated to it? If it's not a plain old viharn (where laity are free to enter) but a formally dedicated ubosoth, I think Thai convention would dictate that access to the laity is not easily given.
mikenz66 wrote:... does have sima (I helped to dig the holes for the stones...)
Sylvester wrote:Mere rope?! Horror of horrors! The traditionalists must have bemoaned not using rattan to hoist the stones.
I guess there was no mad scramble for the ropes after they were cut?
James the Giant wrote:Why would a monastery keep their meditation hall locked?
gavesako wrote:Not all monasteries in the West follow this tradition of burying the sima stones, in England it was done simply and unceremoniously just by placing them around.
James the Giant wrote:Now I'm curious as to why the bhikkhus didn't just say that. There seems to be, amongst some bhikkhus, a reluctance to explain some things, even when asked directly why. I wonder if that's some vinaya rule or something.
James the Giant wrote:I asked two of the bhikkhus why; the senior bhikkhu said because there are a lot of criminals in the area, (in the rural Yarra valley?), and the other bhikkhu shrugged and changed the subject. It seemed like there was some subtext I was unaware of... not sure what it could be.
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